Pecan Development Lagging This Year

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By Clint Thompson The pecan crop in the Southeast is a little behind in its development this year. Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist, explains why. “It’s because of the spring that we had. We had a cold winter. Usually when you have a cold winter you have an early bud break or it doesn’t take as …

Stink Bug and Weevil Management in Pecans

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Pecan producers need to start managing stink bugs and weevils in this year’s crop. This is especially important for the crop as its shell hardens. Prior to shell hardening, the pests will knock nuts off the trees or lay eggs. But after shell hardening, these pests will damage the nuts that growers won’t see until harvest, according to University of …

Another Scab Management Spray or Two Projected for Pecan Crop

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By Clint Thompson Pecan producers in Alabama and Georgia need to stay vigilant with their scab management sprays this late in the production season. Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist, said due to the crop lagging behind in development this year, growers will need to apply fungicides later than normal. “The crop is a little behind what …

Tropical Storm Fred’s Potential Impact on Pecan Production

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By Clint Thompson The looming landfall of Tropical Storm Fred could impact pecan production in Georgia and Alabama. But it could have a positive effect. Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist, said extra rainfall at this stage of production would benefit the crop heading into harvest. As for the wind effect, that’s a different matter. “We’re just …

Conditions Ripe for Leaf Scorching in Pecans

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Two types of leaf scorching are impacting Georgia pecan trees during these hot summer days. According to the University of Georgia Extension pecan blog, young trees are suffering leaf scorching related to heat stress. While there are various components that cause leaf scorch, the main problem is that a factor is affecting the root or vascular system. Lateral roots and …

Time is Now to Fruit Thin Pecan Crop

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Now is the time for pecan producers with a heavy crop load to thin their crop, according to the University of Georgia Extension pecan blog. Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Extension pecan specialist, said that growers with Pawnee varieties need to thin their crop now. Those with Cape Fear, Creek, Stuart and other varieties have 2 to 3 more weeks …

Summer Rains Impacting Pecan Quality, Quantity

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By Clint Thompson Pecan quality and quantity is expected to take a hit during the upcoming season. The quantity is not a surprise following last year’s crop. The quality is a result of increased scab disease pressure following persistent rains this summer. “Our young trees is where most of the crop is going to come from this year,” Lenny Wells, …

Market Improvement: Pecan Prices Should Increase Amid Improved Demand

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By Clint Thompson Good news may be on the horizon for pecan producers in Georgia and Alabama. Market prices may be improving in the near future. According to Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist, various factors are pointing to an increase in prices for farmers. “It’s looking like all the nuts we held in cold storage, that …